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Fitness Apps That Actually Work

Finding a fitness app that lives up to its promises of getting you a bikini bod or washboard abs in 30 days is next to impossible. It’s not surprising. Just like fitness DVDs and workout classes, the app can tell you when and how to work out, but it’s up to you to actually put in the work.

Like diets, there is no one-size-fits-all workout. An app that helped your friend lose ten pounds might not do the same for you. When it comes to workouts, app workouts included, it’s all about finding something that will motivate you to keep working toward your goal.

See Me Get Fit – If you are motivated by before and after images, you will probably love this app. It allows you to take a starting photo of yourself, and then check in every few days with a new photo until you reach your goal. This is really helpful if you are more concerned with sculpting muscle rather than losing pounds. – Free

Nike Training Club –  If you need variety in your workout, this one is for you! The app features dozens of workouts, each 30 to 45 minutes long. For each strength training move, the app shows you images and even a video of a model doing the move so you can follow along correctly. It also tracks all of the minutes you log, working you toward bonuses like new workouts or smoothie recipes. – Free

Pocket Yoga – If running and weightlifting isn’t your thing, you’ll love this mini yoga workout. Do one pose or an entire series of poses – you can cater it to your needs. Each pose is demonstrated, and the app tells you how long to stay in position. – $2.99

Nike Plus – If you have gotten lost on a road run more times than you care to admit, then this app is perfect. It connects to your phone’s GPS to map your route while it tracks your mileage and pace. Expect a personal message of encouragement from world class athletes from time to time as well. – Free

7 Minute Workout– No time to work out? I bet you have 7 minutes! The app gives you a daily workout that consists of a variety of strength training moves that only takes 7 minutes to complete. It requires no equipment so it’s easy to work out before you jump in the shower in the morning or even during your lunch break. – Free

Fitbit – Fitbit is a two part deal. You buy a bracelet that connects wirelessly to the app in your phone. It will record how many steps you take, how many miles you’ve logged, how strenuous those miles were, and how many calories you burn each day. You can also link Fitbit to another app, My Fitness Pal, to track your daily food and water consumption. – Free, however bracelet will need to be purchased

Couch-to-5K – A great running app for beginners! This app walks you through a training program that will have you going from nothing to 5K in just two months. Before you know it you’ll be itching to sign up for a half marathon!  – $1.99

Pushups 0 to 100 – For a lot of people, myself included, they need a concrete fitness goal to work toward. What better goal than 100 push-ups? This app takes 100 days to complete. On day one you do one push up, two on day two, three on day three…you get the idea. Just imagine how sculpted your arms will be on day 100!  – $1.99

FitnessClass – Like going to classes but don’t have time to get to the gym? This app complies all of the popular workout classes on iTunes into one easy app so you can choose which one you want to do. It’s great if you like to try various new workouts! – Free (classes vary in price)

Zombie’s Run – If you can only commit to a run if something is chasing you, or if you’re just an adrenaline junkie, then this app is for you. Instead of taunting the neighborhood dogs to follow you down the street, just plug your headphones into this app. After a few minutes of music, you’ll start to hear zombies coming after you. Run fast to leave them in the dust! A 5K training version is also available  – $1.99-$3.99

Obstacles XRT – Looking for an extreme boot camp type workout? XRT is like having a mini drill sergeant right in your pocket. The app delivers high intensity interval training (HIIT) to your phone giving you a maximum beneficial workout in little time. – $1.99.

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